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Old 20-04-2013, 15:47   #31
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O know of a Morgan 38 that is amazingly equipped for offshore, and priced around your budget. Pm me

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Old 21-04-2013, 02:57   #32
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re: Entry level liveaboard-cruising boat

Not really any such thing as an "entry level" liveaboard cruising boat - but that does not matter! I am guessing that by that you mean something without lots of bells and whistles / mod cons.

You've got the budget and boat length defined (although a big difference between 30 and 40 foot, for 2 of you and wanting "comfort" I would be looking at 35 to 40, plus or minus a couple of feet depending on the boat design) - pretty much anything you can buy will fit your requirements, or at least could do with the tweaks and mods all of them will need. Likely the 3rd factor that will choose the boat is your location and simply what is for sale (in budget and size) at the time you want her (doesn't sound like you have a budget big enough to be going on many - or any! - buying trips) is all about compromises anyway - as long as you keep away from the extremes pretty much anything will do - so don't get too hung up on specific models.....go for the best condition at the price you can find that fits your basic needs (inlcuding the berth size!) - when you want her.

Condition will be the main factor in determining seaworthiness and reliability (along with ability of Skipper and crew), and sound like you are willing to put some sweat equity into acheiving those - the trick will be not to buy something needing more of that than expected (a couple of years can slip by quickly).

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Re: Entry level liveaboard-cruising boat

Originally Posted by barnakiel View Post
It sounds like there may be some contradictions. To me, fixing things up and reliability do not match, unless you are a skilled boat-builder, or else a keen and experienced boat owner.

If it is your first boat, get one that is ready to sail. Spend two years sailing rather than fixing up.

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This is a god point made by Barakiel; however, if "fixing up" means updating electronics, replacing some running rigging or cosmetics, then fixing things and reliability would not be a contradiction.

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